Cyclist struck and killed by van

Alcohol may be a factor in the crash, police say

There were tire tracks in the snow where police say a van left the road, striking and killing a bicyclist Monday night. Credit: Dylan Thomas

STEVENS SQUARE — Minneapolis Police report the driver of a van that struck and killed a bicyclist on Franklin Avenue Monday night had been drinking.

A preliminary investigation indicates the van driver, John Iverson, 49, was westbound on Franklin Avenue when he struck a parked car near the intersection with Harriet Avenue. The van then ran up onto the sidewalk, striking the bicyclist just west of the Garfield Avenue intersection.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiners determined the bicyclist, identified as Marcus Nalls, 26, died as a result of blunt force injuries sustained in the crash. The address listed for Nalls indicated he lived on the 2900 block of Lyndale Avenue South, just a mile from the accident site.

According to police, Nalls was struck and then pinned underneath the van. The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to the crash site and used tools to lift the van off of Nalls, but he died at the scene.

Police spokesman John Elder said officers at the scene reported an odor of alcohol on Iverson’s breath and other signs of intoxication. Iverson was arrested at the scene and remained in custody Tuesday. He was later released pending charges.

Elder said it appeared the Nalls was westbound on Franklin and riding in the street’s far right lane when the crash occurred. Franklin has two lanes in either direction on that block.

“The bicyclist was wearing a helmet and there was a light on both front and rear illuminating the bicycle,” he said.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentified the intersection where the bicyclist was struck.